## Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

$4$
RECALL: The order of operations follow the PEMDAS rule: First Priority: P- parenthesis or grouping symbols Second Priority: E- exponents Third Priority: M/D - multiplication or division, whichever comes first from the left Fourth Priority: A/S - addition or subtraction, whichever comes first from the left Using the rules above gives the following steps: Get the absolute value of $-3$ to obtain: $=−6 \cdot 3 \div 9 \cdot (-2)$ Perform the first multiplication from the left to obtain: $=-18 \div 9 \cdot (-2)$ Perform the division to obtain: $=-2 \cdot (-2)$ Multiply to obtain: $=4$